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5.0 out of 5 stars
A self-actualising artist, 20 Jun. 2004
This is Kevin's third album, his first for Dead Reckoning Records. It's more folky than his previous albums but thanks to a great production plot and the guttsy Mike Henderson's guitar work it sounds unique as a "country" album. It's reminisant of the classic Emmylou Harris albums from the mid seventies, Lucinda Williams and John Hiatt. It reached me in a deeply significant way at a difficult time in my life. It has perspective on life, our god given life that is, not the one that society forces you into accepting. Thus it begins on that note with "Pushing Up Daises" which although a little vague get's it's point across, Live your life. "Troublesome Times" is the second track, which although personal to Kevin has a message to all of us; "There ain't no way around these troublesome times." "Wilson's tracks" is not a favourite of mine because the tune is weeker than the rest of the album. "I feel fine Today" is another message from a re-born artist,it recieved much play on CMT (country music television) which thankfully seems to have bitten the dust in the U.K. I particularly like the lyric "I don't know where I'm going or how long I will stay, All I know worth knowing is, I feel fine today". "A Feast of Bread And Water" as I remember won Kevin an award. Not suprising, it's a beautiful song with it's roots in poetry and shades of Hank Williams for good measure. I can't write all the lyrics or let you hear it in context, but if you ever loved openly and got hurt bad you'll get it. "Wishing For You" is another great song mellow and heart wrenching stuff. "Kicking Back In Amsterdam" is one of the albums lighter tracks, which seems to be about... well, it's legal there but not here or in the states. "The Love I Have For You" has some great twangy guitar work from Mike Henderson and is another musical acheivement by the musicians. A word or two about the musicians and the sound of this record. Harry Stinson who co-produced is on drums, Glen Worf on bass, Kieren Kane on mandolin, Mike Henderson on guitar,Fats Kaplin on fiddle and accordian, Tammy Rogers on fiddle, not to mention Kevin's brilliant work on the accoustic. "One Way Rider" is further comment on our chosen path's in life. Kevin is joined with "The Fairfield Four" and Resse Wynans on piano for the final number "Life Down Here On Earth" which is a classic heartwarming tune with great lyrics including "There's gonna be two dates on your tombstone, all your friends will read 'em, but all that's gonna matter is that little dash between them". Kevin's right, "it's a great big world, LIFE DOWN HERE ON EARTH.